Garrison, Johnson visit Lisbon in last-ditch campaign effort

LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – As the hours ticked down on the 2014 election, two candidates in a local congressional race were doing what they could on Monday to get supporters to the polls.

After squaring off face-to-face several times already, both incumbent Bill Johnson and his challenger Jennifer Garrison came close to seeing each other Monday morning, but not quite. Johnson, who is running for his third term in Washington, got some public support from the top Republican in the House, Speaker John Boehner.

“I believe we are going to win control of the United States Senate and add seats in the United States House because the American people are starting to recognize that our policies are the policies that will get this economy moving again,” Boehner said.

Boehner represents the Cincinnati area. This was the third time in the last four years he has made a trip into Columbiana County to support Congressman Johnson in the last days before elections.

The two men were spending the last day on the trail swinging through the 6th District. At about the same time, just down the street, Democrat Garrison held a rally of her own, telling supporters it’s time for change.

“I’m not satisfied with Washington, D.C.,” Garrison said. “And if you’re not satisfied, and you’re looking for something different, I am the choice for change here in Columbiana County and southern Mahoning County.”

“She misrepresents my voting record, whether it’s on veterans or how I spend the taxpayers’ dollars,” Johnson said. “She conveniently forgets to tell folks that I’ve returned over $200,000 of my official budget.”

A handful of local high school students were able to get a real-life lesson in politics during Monday morning’s two rallies in Lisbon. The students are in the advanced placement political science course at Beaver Local High School.

They spent morning hearing from both candidates in their local Congressional race, as well as what Speaker of the House John Boehner had to say about the Obama administration heading into Tuesday’s mid-term’ races.

“I thought this was a lot about Obama and what he did not like and a lot of that could be true or not, so that kind of skewed a little,” student Alicia Trevor said.

“I think we live in a pretty negative era. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. I think sometimes saying a negative opinion and saying what is the truth needs to be said,” student Jake Bell said.

Although the students said they enjoyed the first hand look at how politics works at the election level, at least a few also admitted they would not want to have a career in politics. 

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